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November 20, 1897

Treatment of Snake Bite.

JAMA. 1897;XXIX(21):1078-1079. doi:10.1001/jama.1897.02440470046011

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Sierra Mojada, Mexico, Nov. 8, 1897.

To the Editor:  —In the Journal of October 30 J. G. Tuten, M.D., Jesup, Ga., gives a lengthy description of the treatment of a snake bite. The doctor's patient was long suffering and that he was kind is evident from the fact that he didn't change doctors. The grave symptoms, horrible suffering and extensive sloughing were the result of the absurd treatment and not of the poison of the snake bite. The bite of the rattlesnake does sometimes prove fatal, but if treated properly, very rarely. The tourniquet or ligation of an extremity is always bad. A word as to my method of treatment, and I have treated more than two dozen in the last ten years with no deaths. If there is very recent scarification and sucking of the wound, then I make free incisions and immerse the part in warm water to

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